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AR20241: Foundation design

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 10%, EX 90%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 10%)
  • Exam (EX 90% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: AR20241 Reassessment Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take AR20076
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To gain knowledge of the way in which the understanding developed in Soil Mechanics can be applied to the design of shallow and deep foundations, and how the necessary information is obtained in practice.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to demonstrate:
* an ability to design shallow foundations;
* an ability to select and design appropriate piled foundations.

Intellectual skills
* Ability to apply the concepts and principles of soil mechanics to the design and solution of foundation engineering problems.
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* To deal with basic foundation engineering issues in a systematic yet creative way, and to communicate the conclusions clearly.
Transferable/key skills
* Ability to collect, analyse, synthesise and present technical information.
* To demonstrate communication and team working skills.

Shallow foundation design - stress distributions, bearing capacity and settlement calculation, related to site investigation techniques. Deep foundation design. Piling. Construction and design of single piles and pile groups. Types of pile and appropriate analytical methods, related to site investigation methods. Calculation of working loads and settlements. Design of a piled foundation. Geotechnical engineering site investigation. Preliminary and final site investigations. Methods of borehole drilling. Safe use of trial pits. In-situ testing. Geophysical methods of investigation, capabilities and limitations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20241 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.